Elsie Jongsma, 90, died at Douglas County Memorial Hospital in Armour on
Saturday, January 16, 2021. Funeral service will be Friday, January 22, 2021
at Harrison Community Church (North Church) at 11:00 AM with committal
service following in Harrison Cemetery. Arrangements by Koehn Bros. Funeral
Home in Armour.
Elsie Jongsma was born to Engel and Marie (Brink) Plooster on February
15, 1930. She attended country grade school and graduated from Corsica
High School in 1947. She attended Teacher's College in Springfield where
she received her teaching degree. She was united in marriage to William
Jongsma on March 3, 1953. They farmed their entire married life on a
farm south of Harrison. In 1954, a son Darryl was born to this union.
They retired from farming and moved into Harrison. William passed away
Elsie taught rural school for many years and later taught in the
Corsica School District, retiring in 2009. She dearly loved teaching and
every student was special. She was a life long member of the First
Reformed Church in Harrison where she taught Bible School, Sunday School
and Catechism. Elsie died at Douglas County Memorial Hospital in Armour
on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the age of 90.
She leaves to mourn her son, Darryl Jongsma of Harrison, SD, grandson,
Michael Tetreault of Atlanta, GA, brother, Dean Plooster and wife,
Marlene of Dell Rapids, SD, sister-in-law, Arlene Plooster of Corsica,
SD, a dear friend, Char Uilenberg of Platte, SD, and many nieces and
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, parents, 2 sisters and
their husbands, Adrianna and Heyme DeLange and Antoinette and Ernest
Everson, 2 brothers, Willard and Arlo Plooster, and all the Jongsma in-laws.